On Monday, BATC sent the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency a letter outlining several improvements BATC is asking the agency to consider before issuing the draft 2018 Construction Stormwater Permit later this year. The letter is the organization’s formal response to a series of meetings between BATC and the MPCA.
Following a meeting with the MPCA in early March, Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee members Brian Cook of DR Horton, Bob Cumbow of Country Joe Homes, Kris Ronning of Lennar, and Subcommittee Chair Bill Gschwind worked with BATC staff to prepare recommendations for improving Minnesota’s permit. BATC’s proposed improvements reflect the industry’s’ goals of building safe, durable homes in an environmentally-friendly manner at prices families can afford.
MPCA is currently finalizing the official draft 2018 Construction Stormwater Permit, which will be made available for public comment later this year. Following the public comment period, the MPCA will finalize the 2018 Permit, which will then immediately take effect. BATC will continue to play an active role in the 2018 Construction Stormwater Permit update by providing comments on the draft proposal and continuing to engage with MPCA staff.
BATC members can request a copy of the letter by contacting Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager.
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson